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Romani people: history and culture in photos

April 08, 2014, 11:08 UTC+3
April 8 is the International Romani Day
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Romani is a collective name for  around 80 ethnic groups of Indian origin. The first migrations from India took place in the 6th century. Photo: Romani wedding in Yorkshire, 1933
Romani is a collective name for  around 80 ethnic groups of Indian origin. The first migrations from India took place in the 6th century. Photo: Romani wedding in Yorkshire, 1933
Romani is a collective name for around 80 ethnic groups of Indian origin. The first migrations from India took place in the 6th century. Photo: Romani wedding in Yorkshire, 1933
© AP Photo
The first migration waves spread to the territory of Byzantium, later they settled in areas around Europe. Photo: Romani celebration in Sofia, Bulgaria
The first migration waves spread to the territory of Byzantium, later they settled in areas around Europe. Photo: Romani celebration in Sofia, Bulgaria
The first migration waves spread to the territory of Byzantium, later they settled in areas around Europe. Photo: Romani celebration in Sofia, Bulgaria
© AP Photo
A Romani celebration in Bilbao, Spain, 1958
A Romani celebration in Bilbao, Spain, 1958
A Romani celebration in Bilbao, Spain, 1958
© AP Photo
The Romani people have several sub populations, the largest being the Roma and the Iberian Calé
The Romani people have several sub populations, the largest being the Roma and the Iberian Calé
The Romani people have several sub populations, the largest being the Roma and the Iberian Calé
© AP Photo
Romani continue to live in the Middle East
Romani continue to live in the Middle East
Romani continue to live in the Middle East
© AP Photo / Bela Szandelszky
Romani culture and history is extremely rich and is of Indian heritage. Photo: Romani caravan getting ready to move, Romania, 2003
Romani culture and history is extremely rich and is of Indian heritage. Photo: Romani caravan getting ready to move, Romania, 2003
Romani culture and history is extremely rich and is of Indian heritage. Photo: Romani caravan getting ready to move, Romania, 2003
© AP Photo / Bela Szandelszky
Romani system of values has taken centuries to develop and today affects the lives and moral of modern Romani. Photo: a man smokes in a Romani village in Romania, 2003
Romani system of values has taken centuries to develop and today affects the lives and moral of modern Romani. Photo: a man smokes in a Romani village in Romania, 2003
Romani system of values has taken centuries to develop and today affects the lives and moral of modern Romani. Photo: a man smokes in a Romani village in Romania, 2003
© AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky
The main value for Romani people is belonging to the community
The main value for Romani people is belonging to the community
The main value for Romani people is belonging to the community
© AP Photo / Bela Szandelszky
Respect to the elderly and attention to children are important parts of Romani culture
Respect to the elderly and attention to children are important parts of Romani culture
Respect to the elderly and attention to children are important parts of Romani culture
© AP Photo/B.I. Sanders
Apart from raising children, begging and haggling are considered mostly appropriate for women
Apart from raising children, begging and haggling are considered mostly appropriate for women
Apart from raising children, begging and haggling are considered mostly appropriate for women
© AP Photo/Martin Nangle
Ancestors of Romani were mostly Hindu of religion, but they adopted Christianity or Islam depending on missionary activity in the countries they settled in
Ancestors of Romani were mostly Hindu of religion, but they adopted Christianity or Islam depending on missionary activity in the countries they settled in
Ancestors of Romani were mostly Hindu of religion, but they adopted Christianity or Islam depending on missionary activity in the countries they settled in
© AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
Romani law regulates the life of communities. Oldest members see to the law being followed. Photo: Romani in Ukraine, 1989
Romani law regulates the life of communities. Oldest members see to the law being followed. Photo: Romani in Ukraine, 1989
Romani law regulates the life of communities. Oldest members see to the law being followed. Photo: Romani in Ukraine, 1989
© Fotokhronika TASS/G.Udovichenko
All Romani communities and subgroups have their own traditional dish. For most communities one of the most special dishes is the hedgehog. Photo: a Romani family in Romania, 2004
All Romani communities and subgroups have their own traditional dish. For most communities one of the most special dishes is the hedgehog. Photo: a Romani family in Romania, 2004
All Romani communities and subgroups have their own traditional dish. For most communities one of the most special dishes is the hedgehog. Photo: a Romani family in Romania, 2004
© AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
Romani culture is rich in music and folklore
Romani culture is rich in music and folklore
Romani culture is rich in music and folklore
© AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky
One of the most well-known features of Romani culture is the dance
One of the most well-known features of Romani culture is the dance
One of the most well-known features of Romani culture is the dance
© AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
Romani clothes are very colourfull. Usually, women wear long skirts and dresses, and a lot of jewelry
Romani clothes are very colourfull. Usually, women wear long skirts and dresses, and a lot of jewelry
Romani clothes are very colourfull. Usually, women wear long skirts and dresses, and a lot of jewelry
© AP Photo/Martin Nangle
From 8 to 12 million Romani live around the world today, with approximately a million in the USA, 680,000 in Brazil, 650,000 in Spain, 535,000 in Romania
From 8 to 12 million Romani live around the world today, with approximately a million in the USA, 680,000 in Brazil, 650,000 in Spain, 535,000 in Romania
From 8 to 12 million Romani live around the world today, with approximately a million in the USA, 680,000 in Brazil, 650,000 in Spain, 535,000 in Romania
© flickr.com/Danielle Pereira
Around 220,000 Romani live in Russia. Photo: Romani in Moscow, 1989
Around 220,000 Romani live in Russia. Photo: Romani in Moscow, 1989
Around 220,000 Romani live in Russia. Photo: Romani in Moscow, 1989
© ITAR-TASS/Alexei Antonov
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Romani is a collective name for around 80 ethnic groups of Indian origin. The first migrations from India took place in the 6th century. Photo: Romani wedding in Yorkshire, 1933
© AP Photo
The first migration waves spread to the territory of Byzantium, later they settled in areas around Europe. Photo: Romani celebration in Sofia, Bulgaria
© AP Photo
A Romani celebration in Bilbao, Spain, 1958
© AP Photo
The Romani people have several sub populations, the largest being the Roma and the Iberian Calé
© AP Photo
Romani continue to live in the Middle East
© AP Photo / Bela Szandelszky
Romani culture and history is extremely rich and is of Indian heritage. Photo: Romani caravan getting ready to move, Romania, 2003
© AP Photo / Bela Szandelszky
Romani system of values has taken centuries to develop and today affects the lives and moral of modern Romani. Photo: a man smokes in a Romani village in Romania, 2003
© AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky
The main value for Romani people is belonging to the community
© AP Photo / Bela Szandelszky
Respect to the elderly and attention to children are important parts of Romani culture
© AP Photo/B.I. Sanders
Apart from raising children, begging and haggling are considered mostly appropriate for women
© AP Photo/Martin Nangle
Ancestors of Romani were mostly Hindu of religion, but they adopted Christianity or Islam depending on missionary activity in the countries they settled in
© AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
Romani law regulates the life of communities. Oldest members see to the law being followed. Photo: Romani in Ukraine, 1989
© Fotokhronika TASS/G.Udovichenko
All Romani communities and subgroups have their own traditional dish. For most communities one of the most special dishes is the hedgehog. Photo: a Romani family in Romania, 2004
© AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
Romani culture is rich in music and folklore
© AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky
One of the most well-known features of Romani culture is the dance
© AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
Romani clothes are very colourfull. Usually, women wear long skirts and dresses, and a lot of jewelry
© AP Photo/Martin Nangle
From 8 to 12 million Romani live around the world today, with approximately a million in the USA, 680,000 in Brazil, 650,000 in Spain, 535,000 in Romania
© flickr.com/Danielle Pereira
Around 220,000 Romani live in Russia. Photo: Romani in Moscow, 1989
© ITAR-TASS/Alexei Antonov

On April 8, 1971 Romani chose their flag and hymn. The date was set to mark the International Romani Day. There are from 8 to 12 million Romani in the world today, most of them living in Europe (Spain, Romania, Bulgaria), South America (Brazil and Argentina). There are approximately 220,000 Romani in Russia. More about Romani culture and history in this photo gallery by ITAR-TASS.

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